Article type:
Proceedings

Title:
Self-Sustainability of rehabilitated ecosystems following open-cut coal mining in central Queensland

Authors:
Grigg, A

Year:
1995

Book title:
Managing environmental impacts- policy and practice. 20th annual environmental workshop.

Page range:
144-165

Date:
2-6 October, 1995

Publisher:
Minerals Council of Australia

Place published:
Darwin

Isbn issn:
ISBN: 909276 61 7

Type of article:
QLD

Access date:
8/01/04

Keywords:
coal mines; open cut mining; mine rehabilitation; revegetation; ecology; botany; central Queensland; reclamation

Abstract summary:
Rehabilitation after mining increasingly aims to establish self-sustaining ecosystems. Adequate nutrient cycling is recognised as a key indicator of self-sustainability, central to which is the process of litter decomposition. The results of a litterbag study on open-cut coal mines in central Queensland found that weight loss in the first year was determined by litter quality.

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